Wooded Island 2018

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report August 25, 2018

Event date

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

Just a few of the Wooded Island Regulars showed up for the Walk.  The place was rather quiet bird wise.  There were a high number of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds perhaps in migration. Likewise, the two Belted Kingfishers seemed to be passing through, although in silence. The single warbler seen was a Northern Waterthrush. Eastern Kingbirds were near Turtle Island.  The adults stay nearby, atop the willow tree.

BIRDERS:      4.         (1) Jennie S., (2) Eric G., (3) Karin D. and (4) Pat D.          

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report August 18, 2018

Event date

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00am

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After a comparison and discussion of Tilley hats and proper sizing, the Walk proceeded along the counterclockwise route – North Basin, Wooded Island, Soccer Field and Bobolink Meadow.

The gurgling musical sound of our summer residents, the Purple Martins, was absent. Wait until next spring, we tell ourselves.  They shall return, if humans provide housekeeping service.  The White Houses that was home to the delightful summer companions are now empty.  We will see some migrants from the north soon, but they will not be our local charmers.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report August 11, 2018

Event date

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

The bird of the day was a discovery by Jennie S. of a solitary Black-billed Cuckoo. The bird was perched in a small tree along the east side of the foot path that runs down the center of Wooded Island.  Steve B. was able to see the bird well too. Marian and I finally caught sight of the cuckoo when it flew off, but not a good enough look to count it on our own list.  Marian and I were talking rather than bird watching, which contributed to our miss. 

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report August 4, 2018

Event date

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

It proved to be a hot summer’s morning for us.  We only saw our usual summer residents, but it was fun to see them along with Darlene from out west in Utah.  She added a few species to her Life List and that made us all glad.

BIRDERS:      8.         (1) Marian N., (2) Jennie S., (3) Wei L., (4) Steve B., (5) Maureen M., (6) Darlene B. from Utah, looking for a Northern Cardinal and a few other locals for Life List, (7) David P., and (8) Pat D.

TIME:             8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.         

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report Saturday July 28, 2018

Event date

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello everyone, 

It was a beautiful summer morning and we were lucky enough to have some special birds, even though we had a small group of birders today. 

BIRDERS:         Bruce, Marian, Steve, Eric, Tobias, Jennie 

TIME:               8:00am to 10:30am           

WEATHER:      Sunny, mild, in the 70s 

Many thanks to Eric and Bruce for sharing their E-bird lists.           

X = commonly seen and/or not counted. 

X Canada Goose

11 Wood Duck -- Female and 10 young

X Mallard

2 Double-crested Cormorant

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report July 14, 2018

Event date

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

Yep. We birded in the rain.  Can’t explain.  Normal birder behavior.  Afterward, Jennie S., Karin D., Marian N. and I celebrated Karin Cassel’s birthday at Svea, a Swedish restaurant on north Clark Street.

Then we ventured to Volo Bog in Lake County Illinois in search of the family of Sandhill Cranes that successfully nested in that vast preserve. Some birders saw a pair on Sandhill Cranes on the extensive grounds of Baxter Laboratories. But no cranes were seen or heard at Volo Bog.

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